Countdown Buddy is a tool for the precise timing of astronomical events like transits or eclipses.

I came up with the idea one day after several outings trying to image the ISS transitting in front of the lunar surface. The transits usually last for only fractions of a second so it can get very stresful having to look down at your watch frequqently.

To solve this problem I created an application that would speak the time to me. I implemented full file parsing logic that allows you to setup “a plan” for the eclipse. The Countdown-Buddy program will then speak the events out as they approach.

In the scheme of things the program isn’t super accurate as the text to speech it uses can very in timing and isn’t overally tight.

The Countdown-Buddy program can be downloaded from GitHub.

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